I’ve worked in retail for years and years. I have worked at three different clothing stores. In one of these stores (in 2005), the company claimed to have developed a line of jeans that fit every woman’s body. When my boss told us this at a meeting, I think I must have snorted or done something to draw his attention because he just looked at me and said, “You don’t believe me?”
“Go try on a pair right now, you’ll see.”
So I grab a pair of jeans in my size and head to the dressing room. Put them on and head back out to stand in front of everyone. My shirt is over the top of the jeans. My manager looks at me and says, “See, look they fit perfectly!”
At that point, I lift my shirt up and show that the waistband of the jeans didn't fit by several inches, but pulling it outward. I look at my manager and say, “Except for the fact that they don’t fit in the waist.” The look on his face was genuine shock. He truly believed that it was possible to create jeans for every woman. It’s not.
I’m fairly certain, ladies and possible gents, that as you’re reading this you’ve had this experience in one form or another. I don’t think this is a singularly curvy girl complication. Although, as a curvy girl with thighs, I find it to be a very frustrating one. I first have to get my jeans to fit over my thighs. Then if they fit over my thighs, do they fit over my hips? And then if they fit over my hips and ass, where does the waist hit me?
I absolutely hate high waists. I’m 5’9” and my waist is ¾ the way up my body. My legs are 3 ½ feet long. This means that my waist sits not that far under my breasts. Trust me, at least on me, high waists under my boobs is not an attractive look. Not to mention, for me, it’s extremely uncomfortable and I feel like I’m suffocating a little.
Back on track...why is it necessary to try and design something that fits all female body types? It’s not going to happen. No one is going to do it well. It won’t work. We aren’t meant to be the same. First, as women we have to deal with the unrealistic body image so often portrayed in magazines. Then we are told to celebrate the body we have, but yet then we need to all wear the same thing?
None of this helps a young girl’s self esteem or a young woman’s or even an adult woman. Stars make sure they are photoshopped hiding their actual image...thigh gap...when they could do so much more good if more of them showed us what they really look like. This idea of body image feels like the image of the woman waking up in a movie. We know she’s wearing make up and they set her to make her look perfect, but yet we are still told that is the ideal to achieve.
Designers on shows are always creating for the “ideal” and rarely for the real. Tim Gunn is someone I actually respect in the fashion world. He tries to get designers to understand curvy, petite, plus size and all the in between.
New Curvy Girl Complications coming soon..